EU allowed Lithuania to transit coal to Kaliningrad with restrictions

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After the entry into force of the EU ban on the transportation of Russian coal and other solid fuels, from August 10, Lithuania, as an exception, is allowed to transit sanctioned products in limited quantities by rail. This is reported by the Lithuanian news agency Baltic News Service (BNS).

This interpretation of restrictive measures was presented by the European Commission, the agency writes. According to the “Lithuanian Railways” (Lietuvos geležinkėlių), in the first five months of this year, 1 million tons of coal were transported through Lithuania to the Kaliningrad region. The interpretation of the EC allows to reject 5% of applications for the transit of sanctioned goods, the company said.

“According to the procedure provided for in the EC directives, so far rejected applications for the transportation of goods between Russia and the Kaliningrad region through the territory of Lithuania were isolated cases and amounted to up to 5% of all applications for goods transported in this direction,” — company spokeswoman Kotrina Dzikaraite told BNS.

Russian shipments of sanctioned goods to the Kaliningrad region, separated from mainland Russia, were restricted by Lithuania in mid-June. Vilnius referred to the restrictive measures of the European Union, building materials, wood, metal, cement, alcohol, fertilizers and other products were banned.

The Russian authorities called the actions of Lithuania illegal, after criticizing Moscow in the European Union in mid-July, they clarified the conditions for restrictive measures. In Brussels, it was established that road transit to Kaliningrad remains prohibited, and transportation by rail is possible in the case of “effective control”. The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry noted that the European Commission introduced quotas for the transit of sanctioned goods.

By early August, a number of limits on the transportation of such products had been exhausted, Kaliningrad Governor Anton Alikhanov said. He clarified that it was, in particular, about the transit of iron, steel, oil and oil products, fertilizers and timber.

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